Sundays With Ingrid: Literary Discussion

They sat around the dining-room table, Mom and Dad digging into swordfish steaks smothered in balsamic sauce, plus wild rice and mesclun salad, Ingrid and Ty eyeing the food warily.

Dad poured wine for himself and Mom.

“How about a little sip for the kids?” he said.

“I’m not sure that’s the direction we want to go,” said Mom.

“Oh, right,” said Dad.

Mom gave him a quick look. “How was everyone’s day?”

“Fine,” said Ingrid.

“Yeah,” said Ty.

“How’s Shakespeare coming along?” Mom said. First semester, ninth grade at Echo Falls High meant Romeo and Juliet, no exceptions.

“No complaints,” said Ty.

“Good,” said Mom. “Where are you in the play?”

“You know, um,” said Ty.

Ingrid swirled the Fresca in her glass. Entertainment was on the way.

Ty cut off a big hunk of swordfish, stuffed it in his mouth. “Hey, real tasty,” he said, or something like that—hard to tell with his mouth so full.

“Your mom asked where you are in the play,” Dad said.

Ty made a big show of chewing, held up his index finger for more time.

“It doesn’t really matter,” Mom said, “as long as he’s enjoying it.” She got a faraway look in her eye. Ingrid knew what was coming: poetry. Mom had tons of it in her head. “‘What’s in a name?’” she said. “‘That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet.’”

“That’s from Romeo and Juliet?” Dad said.

“Act two,” said Mom.

Ty’s Adam’s apple bobbed as he got the swordfish down. “We’re still on act one,” he said.

“I’m not sure about that,” said Ingrid.

“What the hell?” said Ty.

“Not where you are in the play,” Ingrid said, just stopping herself from adding bozo, what with this formal dining-room atmosphere and all. “I mean about the rose.”

“Huh?” said Ty.

“Smelling as sweet by any other name?” Mom said.

“Yeah,” said Ingrid. “Like what if it was called a skunk instead of a rose?”

“Are you making fun of your mother?” said Dad.

“Mark,” said Mom, “of course she isn’t. She’s raising an interesting point.”

“What’s interesting about it?” said Ty.

“This whole question of names,” said Mom. “Would you be any different if we’d called you something else?”

“Brucie, for example,” said Ingrid.

“Like that dork on your bus?” said Ty. “You’re saying I’d be a dork?”

Ingrid tried the wild rice. Not bad at all.

“’Cause you’re the dork,” Ty said.

“Kids,” said Mom. “This is a nice family dinner.”

“So knock it off right now,” said Dad, with a quick glare for each of them.

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100 Responses to “Sundays With Ingrid: Literary Discussion”

  1. B.Stover
    9:37 am on January 9th, 2011

    Shakespeare is correct. If we had called a rose “skunk,” it would still smell like the flower that we call rose and the term skunk would have a completely different meaning. Language is invented metaphor.

  2. Sam
    9:50 am on January 9th, 2011

    Good morning B. My girl used to call a skunk a ‘stunk’.

  3. dawson
    10:12 am on January 9th, 2011

    Good Morning B. Stover and Sam: A “stunk”. How appropriate. I think politicians call a skunk a rose all the time and often no one calls them on it. Stinky business.

  4. Melanie
    10:20 am on January 9th, 2011

    Our family dinner discussions sounded much like the ending of that conversation!

    I really got OTAS (when he was younger) going when I was discussing the color “blue”. I told him if I had brought him up calling the color red “blue”, he would think of it as blue.

    Hmmm. Never tell an artist that. :)

    Good Morning All. The sun is shining and it’s snowing. It’s snunning.

  5. dawson
    10:20 am on January 9th, 2011

    Off to work…

  6. Barb & Maggie
    10:21 am on January 9th, 2011

    Good morning. We are busy making cookies and the Buttermilk Fruit Cake. We used a package of mixed dried fruits and pecans. We don’t much care for the red and green stuff that a lot of fruit cakes have in them, but this should be good. Making them in small batches so we can freeze them and give them away.

  7. Melanie
    10:31 am on January 9th, 2011

    I’m off the the Gluten free Bakery.
    Taking some of the Pack with me.
    Hopefully, they won’t want to drive.

  8. B.Stover
    10:33 am on January 9th, 2011

    Good morning all. It’s brightly sunny here (sun on snow but not snunning because the snow is already on the ground) and the wind chill is 8. I’m staying in my lazyboy today.

    Dawson: I like your comment about the politicans.
    B&M: Your house must smell wonderful!

  9. B.Stover
    10:43 am on January 9th, 2011

    B&M: I looked up angora goat. It is named after the region where it originated: Ankara (formerly Angora), Turkey.

  10. Barb & Maggie
    10:51 am on January 9th, 2011

    Thank you Bee. I thought it might be a location thing. But did they say why their wool is called mohair?

  11. Barb & Maggie
    10:52 am on January 9th, 2011

    Also, did the Angora rabbit come from the same region?

  12. Wolfie
    11:07 am on January 9th, 2011

    Barb
    Goats originate from two different regions. The fluffier species are called mohair. The others are called less hair.

    Good morning all!

  13. Staff
    11:08 am on January 9th, 2011

    Barb and Maggie,
    Angora goats have more hair than the rabbits.

  14. Staff
    11:09 am on January 9th, 2011

    Wolfie!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!
    Great minds think alike.

  15. Tupper & Gilly
    11:16 am on January 9th, 2011

    Wolfie – are the ones with mo hair from Hawaii? Or would that make it mo better hair?

    Good sunny Sunday to you all.

  16. Barb & Maggie
    11:38 am on January 9th, 2011

    You guys are funny.

    Staff did you read my comment, posted after you went out for pizza,about Billie the Angora rabbit and the scarf? Did you ever work with Angora yarn?

  17. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:57 am on January 9th, 2011

    Grump!…It’s snowing like a bastard here…grumble!

  18. Tupper & Gilly
    11:58 am on January 9th, 2011

    Dear B.Stover – language is indeed an invented metaphor – but cannot the same be said for borders between countries and dates?
    We remember when so many people were panicked about the end of the world coming at the stroke of midnight for the year 2000. But which midnight? The one in Australia, or the one in California, or the one in England…. And what would have happened to China where the year was something completely different. Corgis wonder about these things.

  19. B.Stover
    12:09 pm on January 9th, 2011

    T&G: It seems to me that everything outside of “nature” (I’m assuming everyone knows what I mean by that), has been invented by man. I’d include language, borders, dates, math. What else?

  20. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:12 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Wondering!… I wonder about things too…sniff!… Right now I’m wondering how she is going to get all those errands done today that she put off doing yesterday….grump!….Like buying me some more Food!…sniff!…I’m almost out and she doesn’t seem to care one bit…snuff!

  21. Staff
    12:14 pm on January 9th, 2011

    I have used angora yarn and it is just wonderfully soft. It is like holding a cloud it is so soft.
    Years ago I worked at a yarn store for a couple of winters and when they had a sale I bought a little ball of cream colored French Angora. Mercy it is expensive! On sale I think I paid around 18.00. You got about 60 yards for a lot of money and it weighs so little it is sold by the gram. It was a 29 gram skein if I remember rightly
    I used it to put a Nordic design in a wool cap. It looked really nice. I can’t imagine what a whole scarf would cost.
    I was just looking at a site and they said you could get 2 pounds of hair a year off a grown up French Angora Rabbit. I wonder if I could trade in the kats?

  22. B.Stover
    12:14 pm on January 9th, 2011

    B&M: Here is the Wikipedia article about mohair (the term is derived from Arabic). As far as I can see, the angora rabbit has fur and the product made from it is called angora wool. The angora goat has hair.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohair

  23. Tupper & Gilly
    12:15 pm on January 9th, 2011

    How about the intrensic value of inanimate objects? Why is a diamond more valuable than a really pretty stone found glistening on a beach? Diamonds really aren’t all that rare, but you aren’t gonna see Hollywood starlets showing up at awards ceremonies wearing beach pebbles.
    Which brings about the discussion of why an actor or pro athelete is more “valuable” than a really great teacher…

  24. Tupper & Gilly
    12:17 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Staff – you could just shave your kats and see if their fur worked – tee hee

  25. B.Stover
    12:20 pm on January 9th, 2011

    According to the article on the angora rabbit, it, the goat and the cat all originated from the same area.

  26. Staff
    12:23 pm on January 9th, 2011

    BStover,
    Now when I think of Math I don’t think man invented it. That would mean math didn’t exist until we said it did. But I believe math just is. Like gravity. We maybe translated it, or discovered it, but we didn’t invent it. The universe is mathematically constructed and we are slowly figuring it out.

    Am I making any sense at all here?

    I don’t think of language the same way. There are many different languages all over the world and people in one culture can not communicate with another culture until they understand each others language, but mathematics does not change from one culture to another. It is the same in China as here. Pi is the same in Chinese as it is in English.

  27. B.Stover
    12:24 pm on January 9th, 2011

    T&G: Hasn’t man placed the value on things? At some time and place, pebbles were used as jewels and money. I’ve never figured out the criteria for the various value systems.

    As far as athletes vs teachers, we pay a great deal to be entertained. Learning is work.

  28. Tupper & Gilly
    12:31 pm on January 9th, 2011

    B.Stover – and we pay a lot more in the long run if we don’t learn.
    How’s that for Philisophical Corgi-ism?

  29. Staff
    12:31 pm on January 9th, 2011
  30. Staff
    12:32 pm on January 9th, 2011

    OH T&G, A double post! Rio is freaked by them.

  31. Mollypop
    12:33 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Mom can talk about the year 2000 panic because she was part of the problem in the first place. Computers way way back in the 1970’s and 1980’s had very expensive disk drives. Programmers didn’t store an entire date – to save space they just stored the last 2 digits. Then the program retrieved the data and the program put a “19” in front of those last 2 digits. Well, oops. The year 2000 would have taken the “00” and put “19” in front and it would be year 1900.

    The choice was to either fix the program or buy new software. One of the accounts Mom worked on was General Motors and for just one of their divisions, this simple little fix cost over $1 million.

  32. Staff
    12:37 pm on January 9th, 2011

    I have to leave this very learned discussion and go do laundry. TurtleManFred is coming over with the famous lake diving ‘E’ to play cards a bit later and I have to get some work done before they come.

    BBL

  33. B.Stover
    12:50 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Staff: “Math,” “geometry,” “algebra” were all invented by man. For example, the number PHI (1.618) is considered a divine proportion because so many things in nature have properties that have the ratio PHI to 1. It’s called the Fibonacci sequence because it’s named after a mathematician. It may be inherent in nature, but it was man who named it as a way to understand it. It’s similar with time. Time exists but it is man who measures it and who invented a way to do so.

    I understand your distinction between math and language. It seems to me though that the “invention” part for both have the same purpose: ordering things to understand them. Don’t know if this makes sense.

  34. B.Stover
    12:54 pm on January 9th, 2011

    T&G: I like your philosophical corgi-ism.

    Mollypop: That’s really interesting. I always wondered what that was all about.

  35. B.Stover
    1:06 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Staff: That’s an interesting article. I thought there was a distinction between hair and fur…maybe in the practical sense rather than in the evolutionary sense.

    For example, dogs with fur don’t shed; their hair has to be cut. Dogs with hair shed. Mmmmmmm…..

  36. Melanie
    1:27 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Hmm, mathematics as a concept was born of human reasoning. If you look at algebra it is very much a language.

    But in nature, there are patterns of the concepts of numbers. The Nautilus shell is a good example. (see pic)

    Also on the microscopic level there are the patterns of crystals that repeat and repeat. Can’t remember the name of that. It’s been over 20 years since I taught math (shh)

    The sun is gone. It’s just snowing. Lake effect from Sam and MollyPop. Twenty miles down the hill at T&G’s nothing!

  37. Melanie
    1:28 pm on January 9th, 2011

    There is some new group that has said May 21, 2011 will be the end of the world. I noticed this because it’s my brother’s birthday.
    Don’t think there is a connection . . .

  38. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:15 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Good afternoon, y’all! Mom just turned on the computer for me — she’s been at the store putting up provisions because they say there’s a storm heading this way. It’s supposed to be snow tonight, turning to a “wintry” mix of ice and snow tomorrow. It ought to shut down this state for the next week or two, so Mom decided to get some groceries — most importantly food for me and the kats! I guess she’s afraid that if we run out of food we’ll turn on her!

  39. B.Stover
    2:15 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Melanie gave a great explanation of math and natural concepts of numbers. Excellent!

  40. Mollypop
    2:30 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Melanie – When you talk about the patterns of crystals, are you thinking of fractals?

    Sam had no snow to send to you but I did. It was like a snow globe here in ski country. Emma the Pug’s family came yesterday and almost turned back because the driving was so bad.

  41. Melanie
    2:30 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Hi Kirby T. Penworthy the 15th:
    I remember southern storms. They called it the “white sale” when people would go in and buy everything in the store. I think it was “white” because it was snow, milk and toilet paper that people bought.

    Stay safe. I heard there was a 50 something car pile up in VA with one inch of snow last week.

    Thanks B. Stover!

  42. Melanie
    2:34 pm on January 9th, 2011

    THAT’S IT :) Thanks MollyPop.

    I’m reading the Jung Seeds and Plants catalog. I’m seriously considering two Paw Paw trees. Anyone have any experience with the trees or fruits?

  43. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:43 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Melanie: Mom said there were plenty of people at the store today. She really did need milk — not just because of the storm — so she stopped and got that on her way home last night so she didn’t have to worry about it being sold out today. Then after church she did the rest of her shopping — luckily we already had plenty of toilet paper, so she didn’t have to tackle that aisle. All I know is that I don’t drink milk, eat bread (well, maybe a crust if someone tosses it to me!) or use toilet paper, so as long as she laid in a good supply of dog food, I’m in good shape!

    Mom said all day yesterday people were coming into the library to “stock up” on books and DVDs so they have something to do during the storm. I’m not worried — I figure I’ll just take a nap!!!

  44. Melanie
    2:48 pm on January 9th, 2011

    What is it about storms that bring out the “nesting” syndrome?

    I’m glad your mom has everything she needs. Also, the dog food!

    I know Riö’s concerned about the dog food supply in his house.

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:59 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Food!…Food has arrived!….snort!…She battled the storm and made it home alive…yeep!…Because of all the snow she dropped all the bags of groceries just inside the living room door, and then put the car way under our house…heh!….I gave each bag a good snuffling while she was busy doing that…snort!… Turkey! Fried chicken! Way too much cottage cheese, ugh! It’s a veritable smorgasbord! ….wooooo! ….She caught me just as I was chewing on the bag of deli turkey…gulp!

  46. Barb & Maggie
    4:38 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Staff, Barb’s granddaughter didnt have to pay for the wool, since she has the rabbit. They did have to pay for the shearing and then the lady charged a little something to spin it. A friend of the family did the knitting. She had enough from 1 shearing (plus another small amount of yarn in a silver blue color that was added in) and that made 1 small scarf. Baye says the scarf is very warm but it sheds a little.

  47. Jasper the Poodle
    4:48 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Jaspers’ mom here. Jazzy has had a very terrible, bad, awful, really yucky day. I was out, met my mom for lunch, shopped for clothes at 2 stores to use coupons expiring today, grocery store stop and then home. When I got home, there was a big, big mess! Throw up and poo all over the house, my bed, the couch, pillows on the couch and my chair, top of my chair, and…worst of all, smeared all over his butt. House is now clean, and he’s had a bath in the tub. He is trying to hide from me, under the coffee table or end tables. Once I got the laptop out, he jumped up on the chair arm, then snuggled down in my lap, which is his normal spot. He is still shaking, and he’s resting his head on my tummy. He won’t look at me, just shakes and rests his chin on my belly or the laptop. I am gently rubbing him like I normally do, but only on his back. He is not liking his head rubbed. This is all my fault because I fed him the fatty end parts from my pork chops last night. I feel so bad because I fed him something that has caused this horrid mess, but even worse, because he seems so scared.

  48. Barb & Maggie
    4:51 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Melanie, We got our Jung Seed catelog, too. Love when they start coming. Makes it seem like spring is not far away. Never grew paw paws. Veggies are our thing.

    When Barb was shopping yesterday, Menards (sort of like the big orange box) had a big aisle with Burpee seeds, planting trays, all the stuff you need for growing/starting seeds indoors. Won’t be long.

  49. Mollypop
    4:53 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Jazzy – That is terrible! I would be shaking too. It will get better with Mom holding you and gently rubbing you. Stay close to Mom.

  50. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:53 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Jasper’s mom: When I make a mess like that, I’m always a little ashamed of myself, because I know I’m not supposed to do that in the house. And I guess I’m a little scared that I’m going to get yelled at. So Jasper’s probably waiting for the yelling to start. He doesn’t realize how bad you feel about it being your fault, because he thinks it’s his fault. He’ll probably be OK once he figures out that he’s not going to be punished!

  51. Wolfie
    4:54 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Poor Jasper. Like they say, @@@@ happens. I wonder if something else is going on with him? A tummy ache, perhaps?

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:11 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Jasper!… That story reminds me that I need to go outside and do my business…snort!….But it’s too cold and snowy. I really think I can hold it for a while. Or at least until Spring…grunt!… Someone here is not too happy with me because of that deli turkey mishap. Something about me eating her lunch for the whole week….snorkel!…Boy oh boy was it ever good….sneeze!

  53. Barb & Maggie
    5:12 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Poor Jasper. Amazing that he had that much “stuff” in his little body. Rice and crumble hamburger mixed with kibble might help. No pork chop fat in your future!

    Bee, thank you for the link on mohair.

  54. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    5:13 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Tupper and Gilly — I haven’t had a chance to give you a golden welcome yet because I have been kind of busy the last few days. My mom and dad thought about you today, because they finally got to see The King’s Speech (I understand the Corgies stole the show). They thought it was a really great movie, maybe the best they have seen in quite a while (only downside was being left home alone, well sort of alone, just with grandpa). Anyway I known around these parts as secret agent OOWookie for my many exploits on behalf of our fearless leader, Commander Rio.

    Jasper’s mom — I’m sure Jasper will be better soon. I think Kirby diagnosed it just right, He’s probably feeling a little embarrassed right now, but knowing that you still love him will help his recover. My tummy can get upset sometimes too, but it always passes fairly quickly.

    Wookie

  55. Siber-H
    5:28 pm on January 9th, 2011

    This is a test to see if it will let me post.

  56. Jasper the Poodle
    5:37 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Jazz is a rescue dog, apparently found wandering about near Holland, MI. He has always been very quiet and seemed very scared. I didn’t know that he could bark until he was with me about 2 weeks and was startled by the neighbor’s car door. He has always been quite sensitive, so I have never yelled at him. I do my part as his mom to make sure that the house is “dog-proofed” so he can’t get into anything. He has never got into the trash, or food left where he can reach it. I just have to make a little uh, ugh, sound and he kind of freezes. I just speak to him very softly and make sure that he can see me so I don’t startle him.

    He was sitting on my lap and he just let go again, and made a mess in my lap. Once I realized it wasn’t just a stinky fart, but a mess, I just got up and cleaned up the mess. Of course, he follows me everywhere, so I had dribbles on the carpet, in the kitchen, etc. I just put him outside so he can do his business there if he can, then let him back in. I’m back in my chair now and he is hiding under the end table. Every now and then I’ll say, It’s okay Jasper, or your tummy must feel pretty bad, huh Jasper, so he knows that I’m not mad and hopefully saying his name is reassuring. What a strange day this is turning out to be…

  57. Siber-H
    5:38 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Hello Everyone! It won’t let me post much more than one sentence, yet it doesn’t tell me I am being moderated.

  58. Siber-H
    5:41 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Jasper’s mom, Keep an eye on Jasper because too much fat can cause a type of pancreatitis in dogs that doesn’t happen in humans. I doubt if he got that much fat, but it is something to be aware of.

  59. Siber-H
    5:47 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Please feel better soon, Jasper. You mom and your blog family are worried about you. Jasper’s mom, my mom says don’t feel guilty about the pork chops. Dog moms sometimes have to learn this stuff the hard way, just like my mom did.

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:28 pm on January 9th, 2011

    SiberH!…How long have you been having technical difficulties?…snort!…All day, or just once you started posting a while ago…sniff!…

  61. Tyb
    6:39 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Jasper’s Mom’
    Any time Blou or Tyb seem to have an upset stomach and loose bowels, I boil chicken breast and white rice. It has always seemed to do the trick. An advantage to that is the fact that if you prepare too much, you can share his dinner with him. I’ve done that a few times too.
    Tyb’s dad

  62. Siber-H
    6:41 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Just awhile ago, Rio..once I started posting.. And, sometimes when I refresh the page, I get a white page before it returns to the blog.

  63. LizF
    6:41 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Oooh, Jazz, get well soon. Keep up the water.

    Hey Siber-H, i saw a show last night, Billy Connolly’s Voyage to the End of the World, have you seen it? He travels up to the north-west passage and all around up there, there were some very beautiful huskies.

  64. Siber-H
    6:45 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Wow! No, I haven’t seen it, Liz. Maybe they will show it in the states sometime. I hope. Mom and I have read loads of books about the Royal Navy and their search for the Northwest passage.

  65. LizF
    7:01 pm on January 9th, 2011

    It’s been very interesting, he’s following the trail of the explorers. But also interacting with the Inuit a lot, and their doggies. They showed them devouring whole salmon, then pulling a quad bike along. And they showed a puppy lying across the seat of the bike – stunning dog.

    Actually i think it’s Edge of the World, not End of the World…

  66. Melanie
    7:04 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Jasper’s Mom: The Pack and I hope that Jasper feels better soon. When the pups have a problem, we have used Pepto Bismol in tablet form. The rice and chicken is also good. If this continues, the vet is always a choice.

    Here’s a link: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=0+1303+1459&aid=1456

  67. Siber-H
    7:33 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Liz, I think Amazon has the book that guy wrote about that journey. We are ordering it if they do. I still hope it shows up on our tv.

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:37 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Mush!….I thought Billy Connolly was a comedian not an explorer…snort!… I must be thinking of someone else…sniff!… I would even like to see that show. Doubt it will every be shown over here though…grunt!

  69. Siber-H
    7:38 pm on January 9th, 2011

    We don’t want Jasper to get dehydrated either. That is a concern.

  70. Siber-H
    7:40 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Rio, I think it is the same Billy Connolly.

  71. Siber-H
    7:43 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Amazon has both the book and the DVD. I need mom’s credit card.

  72. Melanie
    7:45 pm on January 9th, 2011

    fjoq348hflskug . . .
    Siber-H: Gracie here, if you grab the credit card get us a . . .

    GRACIE WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THAT KEYBOARD!

    Oh, yuck

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:45 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Woooo!….We just watched that nasty Michael Vick throw an interception to lose the playoff game against Green Bay!….heh!… Take that you cruel bastard!…snort! Heh!Heh!

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:59 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Hey!…How come Amazon has that DVD but Netflix does not?….grunt!…SiberH you need to order me that DVD too!…sniff!

  75. Alice Johnson
    8:03 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Dear Jasper,
    Abbie and I are saying kat prayers for you. It sounds like you are having a bad time today. We think you should have some broth so you don’t get dehydrated. Chicken soup is good too. It helps Staff when the meds make her toss her cookies.

    Alice, the long haired kat who knows all about fur-balls.

  76. LizF
    8:04 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Yes, it’s the same Billy Connolly. He’s done a couple of historic tours like that, he’s always interesting (and funny). He also did a couple of series which he calls World Tour, so he did the World Tour of Australia, maybe a World Tour of the UK i think, they feature a lot of his comedy which, if you’re easily offended by e.g language (I’m not), can be a bit confronting. But he’s really funny.

  77. Melanie
    8:06 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Siber-H: It’s taken me this long to clean off the keyboard. I didn’t know Grace could type with her tongue and teeth. Jeez.

    Whatever she wanted you to get . . . forgetaboutit! She’s in the doghouse (which is, at this point, my bed. She beat Patsy to it.).

    So I’m thinking fruit. A Honeycrisp Apple tree, all of our others are very old and for cider. Three different kinds of Raspberries that ripen at different times of the season, a blackberry plant, lowbush blueberry and the Paw Paws.

    We have peaches, and strawberries already. Okay, I’m ready for Spring!!

    I’m ignoring Kirby T’s storm that is headed towards us after it hits him. If I ignore it enough it won’t come here . . .

    Right?

  78. Melanie
    8:08 pm on January 9th, 2011

    I’m already good on vegies. Thanks to Barb and MagPie.

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:11 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Trees!… I love trees!…sniff!…What’s a Paw Paw tree anyways?…snort!

  80. Tupper & Gilly
    8:18 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Melanie – the beavers have sent a message thru their family network down here. They would prefer it if you would plant some really tasty fruit trees….

  81. Siber-H
    8:22 pm on January 9th, 2011

    eeee gads..It is secondary sellers that are selling that Billy Connolly video on Amazon. I don’t like dealing with them and there is no free shipping.

    Melanie, tell Grace that I will be sure and order her something very nice.

  82. Melanie
    8:27 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Riö:
    “Pickin’ up paw-paws; put ’em in a basket.
    Pickin’ up paw-paws; put ’em in a basket.
    Pickin’ up paw-paws; put ’em in a basket.
    Way down yonder in the paw-paw patch.”

    It’s an old Boy Scout song. I think Dan taught it to me. He was a Boy Scout. I was a Girl Scout for about 2 months, I think.

    Paw paws are known as Michigan’s bananas. Supposedly, a custard texture and sweet banana taste. You don’t see them in stores because they do not travel well.

    Thanks a lot T& G! Better watch out or I’ll send them down your way.

  83. Melanie
    8:29 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Siber-H: that is so sweet of you to spend your mom’s money on Grace. snicker.

    I’d tell her but she is now sound asleep in the middle of my workroom.

  84. Mollypop
    8:36 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Siber-H – Mom did a lot of selling on Amazon when she sold the house last year. Six bookcases got pared down to two. I know all shippers aren’t that good – didn’t Rio wait forever for Dixie Heroes? Mom would be at the post office the next day after a book was purchased.

    If you are going to do a secondary seller at Amazon, check their history, how many stars and customer comments.

  85. B.Stover
    8:41 pm on January 9th, 2011

    I watched all of Luther so I’ve finally seen all of them. It was really good. I loved the ending.

  86. Melanie
    8:42 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Gasp, can’t stay up any longer. . .
    This snoring is putting me to sleep. . .
    TTFN

  87. Tupper & Gilly
    8:50 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Hi Wookie – thanks for the golden welcome. We have a really nice goldie neighbor. She is really beautiful but not too bright. But then again neither are her people. Agent Patsy says you are ever so smart, and her favorite mission partner.
    Jasper, so sorry you feel rotten. We are rescue puppies too, so trust us when we tell you your Mom isn’t mad at you and won’t throw you out. Oh, and our vet gives us human Tagament tabs when we have ick-sick stomachs. Charcoal biscuits or scorched toast help too.

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:52 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Bananas!…Melanie you are going to plant banana trees?…snort!….With all these new fruit bearing trees I have a vision of you as Carmen Miranda at the end of summer!…heh!

  89. Siber-H
    8:54 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Mollypop, yes, Thanks, I will.

    I wonder how Jasper is doing now?

  90. Tupper & Gilly
    9:03 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Rio! How did you know that was Melanie’s regular “go-to-meeting” hat??

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Tupper!…I have come to know Melanie over the last year, and this was an obvious choice…snort!…She definitely fits the Carmen Miranda mold…heh!… She won’t see it till tomorrow morning though, darn it!…grunt!

  92. Tupper & Gilly
    9:42 pm on January 9th, 2011

    And then we’ll all be in trouble. Better hope she doesn’t send the Pack after us.

  93. Barb & Maggie
    10:02 pm on January 9th, 2011

    T & G, Did you come from a Corgi rescue group?

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:05 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Mad!…I doubt it!…sniff!…I think she will embrace it and work towards the hat as the summer progresses…snort!…Ahhh, summer. Baseball!…sigh..

  95. B.Stover
    10:26 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Good night all.

  96. Barb & Maggie
    10:29 pm on January 9th, 2011

    We second that, Bee. Good night all.

  97. Tupper & Gilly
    10:38 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Hi Barb and Maggie. We have different histories. I (Tupper) was bred to be a show dog. But when I wasn’t winning, the breeder took me and two of my other losing Corgi kennel mates to the vet to be put to sleep. The vet tech(we thank our stars for her) refused and took the three of us home to her German Shepard kennel,and looked for new forever homes for us. My Mama’s beloved gold and white Corgi had just passed away and Mama was so sad. But then we found each other and I healed her broken heart and learned to be her new medical alert dog.
    A couple of years later, Mama wanted me to have some company and we found Gilly on Petfinder. She was at a no-kill shelter in Connecticut, having been brought up here as a Dixie dog. Her first people had been pretty rotten to her, and then they kicked her out when she got pregnant at 9 months old. But she is with us now, happy and healthy and learning to trust.
    We all love her a lot, even if she is still just a little crazy.

  98. LizF
    10:53 pm on January 9th, 2011

    T&G, your stories are really sad, I’m glad there was a happy ending for you both.

  99. Tupper & Gilly
    11:03 pm on January 9th, 2011

    We don’t think of them as sad – we like looking forward and we are happy, spoiled little Royals who get cuddled and petted and brushed and loved. Now we are going to go out in our wonderful fenced in back yard, and then get tucked into our beds, with our own blankies. Good night everyone, and thanks again for welcoming us into your blog family. Plunderers Rule!

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:24 pm on January 9th, 2011

    Nice!…Tupper and Gilly will live happily ever after!…snort!snort!…Goodnight y’all!…sniff!

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